The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive story of seafaring from the earliest times to the present day

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 22, 2012 - Transportation - 352 pages
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Richard Woodman's highly successful "The History of the Ship" is re-worked and updated. Man has used the boat and ship in his struggle to dominate the world around him, accomplishing spectacular feats of courage and exploration, exploitation, trade, communication and destruction. In his highly readable style, the author presents a comprehensive examination of the technical and cultural development of the ship, from the earliest dugout canoe to the nuclear submarine. The author's many years of sea-going experience and numerous writings on maritime topics help underpin the broad sweep of the narrative. Intertwined with the history of ships and the men who sailed them is the story of the technological, political, and ecopnomic developments that have shaped the evolution of nautical vessels, which Woodman succinctly places within their proper contexts, creating one of the most fascinating histories of man as inventor, trader and warrior ever written. The informative text is complemented with a plate section of black-and-white images ranging from ship plans, engravings and diagrams to marine paintings and photographs.

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Coracle, curragh, and carrack, tramp and dreadnought, opium clipper and Scotch boilerships all, and all lovingly detailed in this shrewd encyclopedic history of seafaring (complete with a dash of ... Read full review

The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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Woodman, a mariner, novelist, former navigating officer and commander in the Blue Funnel and Glen Lines, and historian (Arctic Convoys 1941-1945, Trafalgar, 1996), has compiled a history of ships that ... Read full review


Chapter Three
Towards the Ocean
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Photographs and Illustrations
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Photographs and Illustrations III
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Whither Oh Ship?

Chapter Nine
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

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About the author (2012)

Richard Woodman has previously worked for The Trinity House Service. He is also the author of the Nathanial Drinkwater stories and other maritime works.

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